Keeping Michael Brewer Upright

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Watch that video above and tell me if that doesn’t make you cringe.

Michael Brewer is listed at 6-1, 198 pounds, but that seems generous. A quick look at his recruiting profile, his Texas Tech profile, and of course his profile shows that he has been consistently listed at 6-1 for years, except in 2014, when he was listed at 6-0 by Virginia Tech. Brewer has never tipped the scales over 200 pounds except for last year, when had him at 202.

Regardless of the numbers, I’ve stood next to Brewer a few times and chatted with him, and even though I only go 5-8, 170, Brewer is not an imposing physical presence for me. Logan Thomas, at 6-6, was. Jim Druckenmiller, who was listed at 6-4, 223 his senior year, was a big, physical specimen in person. Brewer is not.

Brewer will be the first Virginia Tech starting quarterback listed under 200 pounds since Maurice DeShazo in 1993 (6-1, 192).

My point? Brewer can’t take hits like the ones you see above, if Virginia Tech wants to keep him healthy and contend for the ACC championship. In the brief video above, Brewer took shots from ECU’s Brandon Williams (6-1, 230), Maurice Falls (6-3, 247), and four Buckeyes including Curtis Grant (6-3, 238), Adolphus Washington (6-4, 295), and a couple of defensive backs averaging 200 pounds. The Ohio State tackle was made by four guys weighing a total of 934 pounds.

Fortunately, Brewer’s toughness exceeds his size. At Media Day last Saturday, I asked him about the Ohio State hit.

“I was out,” he said bluntly.

According to Brewer, his head cleared enough to hear the OSU players saying, “We got him! We got him that time! He’s not getting up.”

“I had to get up,” he told me. “Had to.”

How long did it take him to recover from that hit? “I never did,” he said. “But we won, so hey …”

Brewer understands that as the quarterback, showing weakness and taking a play off isn’t